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Assessing Community Conditions that Facilitate Implementation of Participatory Poverty Reduction Strategies

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dc.contributor.advisor Cummings, Harry
dc.contributor.advisor Reid, Donald G. Muruvi, Wanzirai 2011-11-25 2011-12-05T14:25:43Z 2011-12-05T14:25:43Z 2011-12-05
dc.description.abstract The goal of the current study was to describe the organizational and institutional foundations within traditional rural communities that facilitate implementation of participatory community poverty reduction programs. The focus was on communities within or adjacent to protected areas. A case study research approach was used to assess community mobilization, participation and analytical capacity and also to evaluate community groups and organizations for their competence to be local implementing agents of poverty reduction programs. The research findings showed that inadequate skills and organizational levels limited the ability of communities to fully utilize protected areas as poverty reduction initiatives. Key determinants of community participation were the ability to mobilize and also to undertake detailed analysis of local situations. Community mobilization depended on the relationship between the mobilizing agent and the community, social cohesion and gender. Analytical capacity was influenced mostly by the level of education, prior experience and gender. Interestingly, community groups that had the highest potential to be implementing agents, had strong ties to traditional institutions, suggesting that groups with well recognized power and legitimacy within the community are better positioned to facilitate implementation of community poverty eradication initiatives. A number of indicators of community competence were identified and these were used to develop an analytical framework that can be used as a diagnostic tool for determining community competence. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction - Canada-Africa Research and Learning Alliance Project en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject community competence analysis en_US
dc.subject poverty assessment en_US
dc.subject poverty reduction strategies en_US
dc.subject protected areas en_US
dc.subject community development en_US
dc.subject participation en_US
dc.subject traditional rural communities en_US
dc.title Assessing Community Conditions that Facilitate Implementation of Participatory Poverty Reduction Strategies en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Rural Planning and Development en_US Master of Science (Planning) en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US

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